The August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other recent police-involved shootings around the country have inspired demonstrations, conversation, debate, and calls for systemic change in our society. Soon after Brown’s shooting, Washington University Libraries and other St. Louis cultural heritage institutions established a repository to chronicle events in or inspired by Ferguson. Appropriately named Documenting Ferguson, this community-sourced open repository now has more than 1500 files of digital photographs, video recordings, and other media contributed from all over the country. The files are viewable online at http://digital.wustl.edu/ferguson/.
On Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m., staff members from Washington University Libraries will present an update on Documenting Ferguson. They’ll demonstrate the process of contributing electronic files to the repository, discuss copyright issues, and describe next steps for the project, including community building and working with local and national institutions. The session will include time for questions and answers.
The presentation will take place in Olin Library, Room 142, on Washington University’s Danforth Campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Freeland, associate university librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-935-5400.